About the Forest

Water falling from a pitted sandstone cliff face.

Water falls from Hemlock Cliffs.

Caring for the Land and Serving People

The Hoosier National Forest, one of Indiana's premier Federal resources, provides outstanding stewardship of over 200,000 acres in nine counties of south-central Indiana by restoring, maintaining, and interpreting our public's cultural and natural resources.


Forest Facts

A gravel trail winds up a steep hill lined with trees.

The Hoosier National Forest comprises about half of the public forest land in Indiana. The Forest is managed to provide a diverse mix of opportunities and resources for people to enjoy and it's size has a key role in providing forest ecosystems that enhance biological diversity on a regional scale. Each decision on a management practice is a commitment to enhancing the Forest and providing for local and national communities.

Find out more about our vision to provide a Forest with the values and benefits people want while responsibly providing for the unique ecosystems on the Hoosier National Forest.

Hoosier Highlights

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Each month the Forest highlights a different aspect of its management or a different resource. This link takes you to the link of past columns and is a good place to go for information on the Hoosier.


Our Offices

Hoosier National Forest office in Bedford.

The Hoosier National Forest Forest has two public offices - one in Bedford, Indiana and one in Tell City, Indiana..

Annual Reports

Beams of sunlight flood into the a fall forest canopy through light smoke.

The Hoosier National Forest publishes annual reports each year to share the status and sucess of key land management activities on the Forest. 


About the Area

A flock of docks paddle along still water.

The Hoosier National Forest lies amongst a number of small communities. These communities offer many resources for travelers planning a visit to the Forest and surrounding area.

Know Before You Go

Visiting the Hoosier for the first time? Want to know about current conditions? Get a quick overview of what you need to know before visiting.